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7.04.2009

the son of america's great pastime.


70 years ago today, one of the greatest ball players of all time (and one hell of a man), Lou Gehrig, gave the following speech:





"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day?

Sure I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy?

Sure I'm lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift -- that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies -- that's something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter -- that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body -- it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed -- that's the finest I know.

So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for."





Today during the seventh inning stretch it will be read at ballparks all across the country to raise awareness for ALS.





I can't think of a better way to celebrate this country of our's than by celebrating one of the greatest men to ever call it home.





Happy Fourth of July!

3 comments:

Ali said...

What a great post!

And hi, I'm Ali and just found your blog. :)

(alibdubrow.blogspot.com)

Hanako66 said...

I love this.....sending to my husband now...must read.

Kristen Sara said...

One of my favorite ballplayers ever... and a great speech!